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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other House Republican leaders plan to meet on Wednesday with Erskine Bowles, the former White House chief of staff who served as Democratic co-chairman of President Obama’s debt commission.

“As we’ve seen in recent days, the American people support an approach that involves both major spending cuts and additional revenue via tax reform with lower tax rates. We look forward to talking to Mr. Bowles and other members of the coalition about their ideas to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’ without tax hikes that target small businesses and cost jobs,” Boehner said.  http://thehill.com/...

I'm a simpleton longing for debate upon the floors of congress before bread and butter recipes are shoved into the oven; having been pre-cooked behind closed doors.

I don't recall electing Erskine Bowles to represent us, nor Grover Norquist for that matter, they are self-appointed 'marionettors.'

I really would appreciate seeing and hearing each of our elected officials standing on the floor and explaining their positions in detail, (filibuster reform is a step in the right direction).

We've had a long-standing legislative process of committees stacked upon sub-committees. Now, we have matriculated beyond new-found super-committees to closeted negotiations leaving us dependent upon previously concocted sound bites slipped under the door, which in turn feed a 24/7 cacophony of talking head interpretations.

I resent the truth. Bowles and Norquist and others like them plying their trades, backed by millions of special interest money, have the ears of a special few we elected to represent us. The press isn't invited and hundreds of elected congress people aren't included either, having been relegated to the back bench. Maybe that's a reason many representatives scream utter bullshit into the microphones on the front steps. They don't know what's going on.

We are intentionally kept in the dark; grasping too often at straw men from a daily enterprise that taxes the intelligence of the best of us to find parity in what's evolving...

We can do and demand better than this 'obfuscationist dreck.'

Just wanted to share that Bowles represents Wall Street, period.

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